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# Physics 218 Final Exam

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Part  1:  (35p)  Collisions   Table  to  be  filled
Part   Score
Problem  1.1: A   flat   object   of   irregular   shape,   mass   m,   and   moment   of
Part  1  (35)
inertia  Icm  around  an  axis  perpendicular  to  its  plane  and  passing  through
Part  2  (35)
its   center   of   mass   is   hanging   at   rest   from   a   nail   located   a   distance   d
Part  3  (30)
above   its   center   of   mass.   A   projectile   with   negligible   mass   but   linear   Part  4  (35)
momentum   P   hits   the   objects   horizontally   at   a   distance   L   below   the   Part  5  (30)
hanging  point  where  it  gets  absorbed  immediately  into  the  object.  In  the   Part  6  (35)
following  the  system  refers  to  the  object+projectile  system.   Bonus  (10)
nail   Question  1.1.1: (4p)   Identify   the   Exam  Total
forces  external  to  the  system.
Forces  are  gravity  and  whatever  force  the  nail  is  exerting.
L
Question  1.1.2: (4p)   During   the   collision   is   the   linear
P        d   momentum  of  the  system  conserved?  Explain  why.

c.m.   No,   because   the   sum   of   the   external   forces   is   not   zero,   in
particular   the   nail   may   exert   a   horizontal   force   during   the
collision.

Question  1.1.3: (4p)   During   the   collision   is   the   total   angular   momentum   conserved   with
respect  to  the  point  at  the  nail?  Explain  why.
Yes,  because  the  sum  of  the  external  torques  in  the  z  direction  is  zero  and  therefore
the  angular  momentum  is  conserved  in  the  z  direction.

Question  1.1.4: (4p)   During   the   collision   is   the   mechanical   Energy   of   the   system   conserved?
Explain  why.
No,   because   the   work   of   non-­‐conservative   forces   such   as   those   acting   during   the
collision  remove  mechanical  energy  from  the  system.

Question  1.1.5:  (4p)   Right   after   the   collision   is   the   mechanical   Energy   of   the   system
conserved?  Explain  why.
Yes,  because  there  are  not  any  non-­‐conservative  forces  left  after  the  collision.

Question  1.1.6: (7p)   Find   the   angular   velocity   of   the   object   right   after   the   collision   with   the
projectile.
LP
Li = LP = (I CM + md 2 )! f ! ! f =
(I CM + md 2 )

of  mass  of  the  object  will  raise.
Question  1.1.7: (8p)  Find  how  much  the  center
1 1 1 L2 P 2
Ei = (I CM + md 2 )! 2f = mg!y " !y = (I CM + md 2 )! 2f = (I CM + md 2 )
2 2mg 2mg (I CM + md 2 )2

1 L2 P 2
!y =
2mg (I CM + md 2 )
2

## Part  2: (35p)  Angular  Momentum

Problem  2.1: I   the   middle   of   space   a   massless   support   structure   holds   two   axes.   Around   those
axes   two   disks   with   radii   R1   and   R2   and   masses   m1   and   m2   respectively   are   rotating   without
slipping  against  each  other  as  shown  in  the  figure  below.    The  angular  velocity  of  disk  1  is  w1.
While   the   disks   are   rotating   around   themselves,   the   two   disks   are   not   rotating   around   each
other  (i.e.  the  massless  structure  is  not  rotating  around  itself.)
Question  2.1.1: (5p)   Find   the   distance   from   the   axis   of
R1
the  bigger  disk  (R1)  to  the  center  of  mass  of  the  system.
R2
Question  2.1.2:
m 0 + m2 (R1 + R2 )
rcm = 1 =
m1 + m2

Question  2.1.3: (10p)   Find   the   moment   of   inertia   of   the   whole   system   around   its   center   of
mass,  ISYSTEM.
I SYSTEM = I1 + m1rcm2 + I 2 + m2 (R1 + R2 ! rcm )2

Question  2.1.4: (20p)  After  some  time  friction  forces  on  the  axes  slows  the  disks  rotation  until
they  do  not  rotate  around  their  own  axes  anymore.  Find  the  angular  velocity  of  rotation  of
the  system  around  its  center  of  mass.
Conservation of angular momentum implies I1!1 ! I 2! 2 = I SYSTEM ! S
R1!1
and because both disk rotate without slipping we get R1!1 = R2! 2 " ! 2 =
R2
# R &
!1 % I1 ! I 2 1 (
R! # R & \$ R2 '
" I1!1 ! I 2 1 1 = !1 % I1 ! I 2 1 ( = I SYSTEM ! S " ! S =
R2 \$ R2 ' I SYSTEM

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Part  3:  (35  points)  Energy  and  Collisions
Problem  3.1: Two  identical  objects  of  mass  m  are  released  from  rest  in  a  smooth  hemispherical
bowl  of  radius  R,  from  the  positions  shown  in  the  figure  below.  You  can  ignore  friction  between
the  masses  and  the  surface  of  the  bowl.
Question  3.1.1: (20p)   If   they   stick   together
when  they  collide,  how  high  above  the  bottom  of  the
bowl  will  the  masses  go  after  colliding?
At the moment the left mass reaches the one at
the bottom it has a speed of
1
Ei = mgR = mvB2 ! vB = 2gR
2
Because the linear momentum is conserved during
the collision and just after the velocity of the system is
vB gR
v = 2gR = mvB =2mvA ! vA = =
2 2
Again, using conservation of energy we found
1 v2 1 gR R
2mvA2 = 2mg"y ! "y = A = =
2 2g 2g 2 4

Question  3.1.2: (9p)  Find  the  ratio  of  the  total  mechanical  energy  at  their  maximum  position  to
the  mechanical  energy  before  the  collision.
R
E f 2mg 4 1
= =
Ei mgR 2

Question  3.1.3: (6p)  Is  the  collision  elastic  or  inelastic?  Explain  your  reasoning.
Since  the  Mechanical  energy  is  not  conserved  the  collision  is  inelastic.

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Part  4: (35p)  Equilibrium
Problem  4.1: A  pole  is  used  to  support  a  sign  of  uniform  mass  m  and  length  L.  One  side  of  the
sign  is  hinged  to  the  pole  and  the  other  side  connected  to  a  rope  making  an  angle   α  which  is
also  attached  to  the  pole  as  shown  in  the  figure  below.
Question  4.1.1: (17p)  Find  the  Tension  on  the  rope
g   From   the   equation   of   rotational   equilibrium:
L mg
T sin(! )L ! mg = 0 " T =
2 2sin(! )

α
m

L
Question  4.1.2: (18p)   Find   the   horizontal   and   vertical
component  of  the  force  on  the  hinge.
From  the  other  equations  of  equilibrium  we  get:

mg mg
N x ! T cos(! ) = 0 " N x = T cos(! ) = cos(! ) =
2sin(! ) 2 tan(! )
mg mg
N y + T sin(! ) ! mg = 0 " N y = mg ! T sin(! ) = mg ! =
2 2

Question  4.1.3: (0p)  Knowing  that  the  pole  will  bend  if  at  any  point  on  the  pole  the  sum  of  the
external   torques   exceeds   τ max.     Find   the   maximum   height   of   the   hinge   above   ground   such
that  the  pole  does  not  break.
By  a  mistake  in  the  phrasing  you  should  ignore  this  question.
Just  for  fun  seen  as  a  whole,  the  mass  of  the  sign  will  produce  a  torque  on  the  pole  of
mgL/2,  regardless  of  the  total  height  of  the  pole.
Notice  that  also  the  torque  of  the  tension  in  the  upper  part  of  the  pole  with  respect  to
the  hinge  is  Tcos(alpha)  *Ltan(alpha)  =Tsin(alpha)  =  mgL/2.  So  as  long  as  the   τ max  is
larger  than    mgL/2  the  pole  will  ot  break.

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Part  5: (30p)  Gravitation
Problem  5.1: You  are  designing  a  satellite  to  move  in  a  circular  orbit  around  the  earth.  You  know
the   mass   of   the   earth   me=5.97   1024   Kg   and   the   gravitational   constant  G=6.67   10-­‐11   m3   Kg-­‐1   s-­‐2.
In  the  following  you  can  ignore  the  gravitational  pull  of  the  sun  and  any  other  planets.
Question  5.1.1: (10p)   Write   a   free-­‐body   diagram   of   the
satellite   and   using   Newton’s   laws   deduce   the   period   of   rotation
of   the   satellite   as   a   function   of   distance   from   the   center   of   the
earth.

Gme ms v2 4! 2 R 1 Gme 4! 2 R 3
! = !ms = ms " = " T =
R2 R T2 T 2 4! 2 R 3 Gme

Question  5.1.2: (10p)   The   Department   of   Defense   asks   you   find   the   orbital   radius   necessary
such  that  the  satellite  takes  24  hours  to  orbit  the  earth,  that  way  the  satellite  will  always  be
atop  the  same  position  on  the  surface  of  the  earth  (known  as  a  geosynchronous  orbit).    What
radius  is  that?  A  number  with  proper  units  is  required.
4! 2 R 3 Gme
T= ! R = 3 T2 " 42, 000km
Gme 4! 2

Question  5.1.3: (10p)  What  would  be  the  speed  of  the  satellite?   A   number   with   proper   units   is
required
Gme ms v2 Gme Gme
! 2
= !ms " = v2 " v = # 3,071 m/s
R R R R

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Part  6: (35p)  Simple  Harmonic  Motion  of  a  planetoid
Problem  6.1: A  small  object  of  mass  m  is  attached  to  two  springs  with  constants  k  and  negligible
natural   lengths   that   in   turn   attach   to   two   different   concrete   blocks.   The   mass   is   originally   a
distance   h   with   respect   to   an   imaginary   line   joining   the   two   blocks   as   shown   in   the   figure
below.  Assume  the  distance  L  is  much  larger  than  h.  No  gravity  is  present.
Question  6.1.1: (10p)   Draw   a   coordinate   system   and   find   the
total  force  that  both  strings  exert  on  the  mass.  Indicate  the  direction
of  the  force.
Choosing   positive   +X   in   the   horizontal   right   position.   We   get
L
In the direction of each spring we have a force of F = !k( h 2 + L2 ).
h
m   The sum of forces in the direction of x we have
h
L
Fx = 2sin(! )F = !2 k h 2 + L2 = !2hk
2 2
h +L

Problem  6.2: (10p)   Using   the   equations   of   Newton   write   the   differential   equation   whose
solution  is  the  equation  of  motion.

d 2h 2k d 2 h
By  using  f=ma  we  get   Fx = !2hk = m " !h =
dt 2 m dt 2

Problem  6.3: (10p)   Find   the   angular   frequency   of   oscillation   of   the   mass   between   the   two
blocks,  and  write  the  position  of  the  mass  as  a  function  of  time.

2k
!=
m

2k
x(t) = h cos(t )
m which  is  are  equivalent  to  the  equations  of  a  spring  with  k’=2k.

Problem  6.4: (5p)  Find  the  velocity  of  the  mass  as  it  passes  through  the  imaginary  line.
Seeing  that  the  energy  of  spring  is  just
Knowing that the energy of a spring in SHO is
1 1 2 2kh 2
E = k 'h 2 = kh 2 = mvmax
! vmax =
2 2 m

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